To that end, I've often thought about taking an improv class. There are many schools of thought for improv, and different ways people expect to be able to apply it. For me I've wanted to learn more about how to make just rolling with a conversation more reflexive and natural. The idea of taking such a class has been frightening though, for the exact same reason I've wanted to take it. I've sat on the idea for well over a year, and finally worked up the courage to sign up for one. That's right, I'm finally taking an improv class!
For the next several weeks my Wednesdays will be spent with 10 people I've only just met, learning about the foundations of improv and trying to put it into practice. I've already had one such session, and it quickly went from being terrifying to being, dare I say, fun? It's already clear there are certain people in the class I click with better for doing scenes, but it's amazing how quickly we came to support each other. It really is truly a judgment-free environment, and even the instructor has already been magnificent about telling you how to improve without it sounding remotely like there's any criticism about what you just did.
I'm still nervous for what the next few weeks will bring, but much less-so than I was. I don't expect any miracles to come out of this, but I do look forward to the progress and confidence I will gain from the experience. Who knows? Maybe I'll enjoy it so much I'll continue to pursue training!
When was the last time you took the leap to do something you were scared to do?